About Our Firm
Tara Couture Attorney at Law
Tara C. Couture is the founding attorney of Couture Law P.A. Ms. Couture graduated with honors from the University of California San Diego, then obtained her law degree from one of the most prestigious schools in California, the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1999. Ms. Couture is licensed to practice law in Florida and California. Ms. Couture served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles prior to starting her own law firm. In addition to successfully representing clients in courts throughout Florida and California, she has also successfully negotiated, settled and litigated various types of legal matters, including, but not limited to, serious personal injury claims, wrongful death cases, car accident claims, truck & big rig accident claims and bus accident claims. Ms. Couture is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the State Bar of California, the Brevard County Association of Women’s Lawyers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Viera Women’s Club.
Each and every day in Brevard County and across Central Florida, the rights of those seriously injured are threatened.
At Couture Law P.A., we believe that by fighting for the rights of the injured we can help restore well being to those who have been victimized by the fault of another. Our goal is to help you recover fully from your loss. Of course, this means we are dedicated to fight to recover the maximum amount of money damages available under the law.
Couture Law P.A. is a Florida personal injury law firm that represents people who have been seriously injured. To most effectively serve the special needs of our clients, we limit our practice to matters involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death. We do NOT charge a fee until there has been a monetary recovery in our client’s case and we advance all costs and expenses. At Couture Law P.A. we are committed to providing the highest quality of legal representation to help you get through this difficult time. Our professional yet personal approach to your case is what sets us apart. We are easy to talk to and genuinely care about you.
All consultations, whether in our offices or your home or hospital room, are free.
Please call (321) 733-5703 for free accident counseling.
Tara Couture is admitted in the following jurisdictions:
- Florida, California. She also has Federal Court approval.
Tara Couture is qualified to practice in:
- Middle District of Florida
- State courts of Florida
- State courts of California
- Central District of California
Areas of Practice
- Medical Malpractice, Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Injuries, Slip and Fall, Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Nursing Home Abuse, and many others. Call (321) 733-5703 to discuss your circumstances now.
- Current: Philanthropy and Continuing Legal Education Director for the Brevard County Association of Women’s Lawyers
- 2019-2020: Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers FAWL Chapter Representative
- 2018-2019: Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers Board of Directors
- 2013-2014: Director of Publications/PR, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
- 2012-2013: Treasurer, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
- 2011-2012: Chair, Junior League of South Brevard
- 2011-2012: President, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers (BCAWL)
- 2009-2012: Member, American Inns of Court
- 2011: Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, Brevard County Legal Aid, Inc.
- 2010-2011: Co-Captain, Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court
- 2010-2011: Director of Special Events, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
- 2009-2010: Director, Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
Brent A. Couture Attorney at Law
Brent A. Couture received his B.S. in Economics from the University of California San Diego, where he also lettered on the intercollegiate volleyball team. He began his education in the law at the University of West Los Angeles School Of Law, and then transferred to and graduated from Barry University School of Law in Orlando. He limits his law practice to plaintiff’s personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases.
Brent is the devoted husband of Tara and the proud father of two sons. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering to coach his boys’ basketball and soccer teams, as well as playing competitive volleyball, soccer, and basketball. He has also competed in professional beach volleyball tournaments around the country.
Brent is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association, Barry University Law School Alumni Association, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), and the Florida Justice Association.
Marianne Heuberger Carter Florida Registered Paralegal
Marianne graduated from the post-baccalaureate paralegal program at the University of San Diego School of Law in 1988. She joined Couture Law P.A. when it was founded in January of 2010, bringing with her over 22 years of experience in the legal field. Marianne has an extensive background in both personal injury and wrongful death, which she has focused her career on since moving to Brevard County in 1997.
Marianne previously worked for several law firms in Brevard County which all specialized primarily in personal injury and wrongful death, including eight years with Childress & Charpentier, P.A., as the paralegal to Hubert C. Childress, Esq., until his retirement in 2007. Marianne then went to work for Donoghue & Holland as the paralegal to Gary L. Holland, Esq., through January 2010, when she left to pursue a promising career with Couture Law P.A., which she has found extremely rewarding. Marianne has extensive experience in case management and assisting attorneys with preparing cases for trial, and is well qualified to assist in the handling of personal injury claims, both prior to and in litigation.
In March of 2008 Marianne was one of the first paralegals in Florida to become registered with the Florida Bar as a Florida Registered Paralegal. She has also written several articles which were published in the Florida Justice Association Journal, a bi-monthly periodical for Florida trial attorneys.
- The Florida Bar, Florida Registered Paralegal
- Florida Justice Association (formerly Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
In addition to being dedicated to her work as a paralegal, Marianne was a volunteer, court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for eight years, giving her time to advocate for children of Brevard County who have been removed from their homes because of alleged abuse, abandonment, or neglect. She is also a former Brownie troop leader with the Girl Scouts of America.
Marianne is married to Doug, the Brevard County Assistant Fire Marshal, and together they have three daughters and one grandson. During her personal time, Marianne loves cooking, photography, traveling, art, camping and hiking with their dogs, exploring slot canyons in Utah, and playing board games with her family.
Amanda Gilstad Florida Registered Paralegal
Amanda grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida, but moved to the Melbourne area while still in high school, so she considers the Space Coast to be her true home. She attended Eastern State College where she obtained her Associate of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. Her hard work and determination paid off when one of her professors recommended her for an entry level position at one of Brevard’s largest personal injury law firms, which subsequently disbanded. Amanda’s responsibilities within the firm quickly grew and within a couple of years she became the lead Legal Assistant to another local law firm, where she worked for ten (10) years prior to joining Couture Law. Amanda’s knowledge, work ethic, and compassion allow her to effectively fight for you so you don’t have to fight with insurance companies.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, specifically her three children. Never the type of person to stay bored, Amanda has incredible stories of sky diving, parasailing, zip-lining, and shark-cage diving – to name a few!
Amanda is also active within the community and has volunteered for many different local organizations including, but not limited to, Nana’s House, Space Coast Light Fest, Space Coast Ballet Company, Brevard Soccer Alliance, and Keep Brevard Beautiful.
When she is not fighting for your rights, spending quality time with her family, or working to improve our community, Amanda enjoys going to the beach and nature trails, painting, traveling, yoga, and watching movies.
Shellie HattawayLegal Assistant
Shellie joined the Couture Law Team in February of 2011. She has over 20 years of legal experience and was instrumental in setting our office up to test the e-filing system prior to its formal implementation with the Brevard County Clerk of the Court. Before entering the legal field she worked within the automotive industry, which allows her to assist clients navigate through dealing with property damage issues. Because of her extraordinary compassion and empathy for people, Shellie has proven to be a valuable asset in helping injured clients in the initial stages of representation as well as throughout all stages of our clients’ claims. A true native Floridian, Shellie was born and raised in Brevard County. She is also involved in the volunteering in the community and sits on the administrative board of a preeminent youth football and cheerleading organization. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, sports photography, anything Disney or Space related, traveling, and spending time with her family and her dogs.
Janice Driscoll Legal Assistant
Janice has been a part of the Couture Law team since 2012. She brought with her a wealth of experience working as a legal assist for both small and large law firms in Arkansas, south Florida, and Brevard County. Her extensive background includes assisting attorneys in the fields of civil defense, commercial law, criminal law, probate, and family law, but she has concentrated her career in Florida personal injury since 1999. Janice prides herself on her ability to work well with both medical providers and clients to ensure that their files are updated and organized, among many other responsibilities, with cases both in pre-suit and in litigation. Her husband, Rich, and she enjoy traveling, music, and entertaining family and friends.
Megan HarperLegal Assistant
Megan joined the Couture Law team in 2020. Using her knowledge from her previous experiences working in medical offices as well as in the customer service field, Megan has proven to be a valuable resource for the firm, assisting with obtaining medical records as well as many other documents in support of our clients’ claims. She has a love for traveling, gardening, cooking and live music.